Jon Gruden leaves broadcast booth to again coach Raiders

Taylor Byrd
January 6, 2018

According to Raiders report Steve Corkran, Jon Gruden is set to become the next head coach of the Raiders.

Gruden, who began his coaching career with the Raiders in 1998, will replace Jack Del Rio, who was sacked following a season-ending loss to the Los Angeles Chargers that capped a disappointing 6-10 campaign.

He amassed a 57-55 record in seven seasons as Tampa Bay's coach.

Gruden has served as ESPN's color commentator on Monday Night Football broadcasts since 2009.

Appearing on ESPN's Golic and Wingo (h/t Ryan Wilson of CBSSports.com) on Wednesday, Gruden confirmed he has spoken with Raiders owner Mark Davis regarding the opening and added, "I think there's a good chance", when asked about whether he would accept the job.

This would not mark the first time the Raiders brought back a coach for a second stint.

Gruden coached the Raiders between the 1998 and 2001 seasons. Before that, Gruden spent 10 years as a head coach in the NFL. Gruden accumulated a 38-26 overall record as the Raiders coach and was 2-2 in playoff games during his four seasons. Both the league and the Fritz Pollard Alliance, the diversity group that works closely with the NFL on its minority hiring practices, say the Raiders complied with the rule. He was sacked after going 9-7 in 2008 with the Buccaneers, his seventh season with the team.

Gruden has been lining up potential members of his coaching staff.

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